Coordinated MS in Nutrition Sciences, Dietetic Internship / Clinical Track/Master of Public Health

This coordinated ( MPH/MS) degree program is offered through the UAB School of Health Professions, Department of Nutrition Sciences and the UAB School of Public Health. MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

Drawing upon its distinguished history and a multidisciplinary team of physician-scientists, PhD scientists, registered/licensed dietitians, and nurses working together in patient care, research, and education programs; the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Dietetic Internship/Clinical Track offers an accelerated Master of Science degree from the Department of Nutrition Sciences that enables students to sit for the national exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). This accredited program is offered on-campus or off-campus and combines supervised clinical practice with online graduate coursework. The MPH at the UAB School of Public Health prepares students for careers to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations, locally and globally. This complementary MS/MPH dual coordinated degree program provides students with a fuller and richer perspective of community and global health issues including the epidemiology of disease, health behavior, the impact of environmental and occupational factors on patient health, disease progression, management of disease states, insurance policy issues, patient access to care, as well as social, legal and ethical issues.


Students must complete the MPH Core plus 7 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required MS in Nutrition curriculum requirements. 12 credit hours from the MS in Nutrition curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours. Students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

MPH Core Requirements: (14 hours)
PUH 601This is Public Health1
PUH 602Community Assessment3
PUH 603Quantitative Methods in Public Health3
PUH 604Programs and Policies3
PUH 605Public Health Management and Evaluation3
PUH 606Leadership for Evidence-Based Public Health1
MPH Degree Requirement: (1 hour)
ENH 690Environmental Health Perspectives1
Population Health Degree Requirement: (3 hours)
PUH 610Population Health3
Approved Electives: (7 hours)
Select 7 credit hours of Public Health 600-699 level courses7
Applied Practice Experience: (3 hours)
NTR 589Internship Practicum1-12
Integrative Learning Experience: (2 hours)
HB 689Health Behavior Integrative Learning Experience2
or ENH 689 Environmental Health Sciences Integrative Learning Experience
or EPI 689 Epidemiology Integrative Learning Experience
or HPO 689 HPO Integrative Learning Experience
Total SOPH Hours:30
Shared Hours from NTR Curriculum: (12 hours)
NTR 621Applied Statistics to Nutrition Sciences I3
NTR 690Seminar2
NTR 637Applied Research in Nutrition Sciences3
NTR 500Communications in Nutrition1
NTR 601Advanced Medical Nutrition3
Total Hours Earned for MPH Degree:42